Published: Wed, April 04, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Saudi-led Airstrike Kills 12 Civilians in Yemen

Saudi-led Airstrike Kills 12 Civilians in Yemen

Aden-An air strike by the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen killed 12 civilians, including seven children, in the costal city of Hodeidah on Monday, medics and a witness said.

The strike occurred in the district of Al-Hali in Hodeida province, which is controlled by the Iran-backed insurgents.

Turki Al-Malki, spokesman of the coalition, said in a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency that the tanker came under attack at around 1.30 p.m. on the worldwide waters, west of the port of Hodeidah, which is under the control of armed Houthi militias.

Earlier on Tuesday, U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged the warring sides in Yemen to reach a political settlement to end a conflict now in its fourth year that has left 22 million people in urgent need of aid.

The UAE is a key player in the Saudi-led coalition now waging war on rebels in Yemen but Abu Dhabi has been at odds with Yemen's President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi for months, with both sides maintaining separate security forces based in the southern city of Aden.

The alliance, which includes other Sunni Muslim states, has conducted thousands of air strikes targeting Houthi fighters and has often hit civilian areas, although it denies ever doing so intentionally.

According to the United Nations, 8.4 million people are on the verge of starvation in Yemen, where food imports are essential to sustain the population.

Labour anti-Semitism row: Corbyn faces criticism over Jewdas event
Labour's Angela Smith said Mr Corbyn's attendance was a "blatant dismissal" of the case to tackle anti-Semitism in the party. The chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Karen Pollock, said on Twitter it was "mocking and disrespectful" .

On Monday, a missile targeted the border area of Dhahran al-Janub.

The coalition said a naval ship belonging to a member country rapidly intervened, without giving further details. Reuters was unable to independently verify those claims.

The Saudi-led coalition shut down the country's land, sea and air borders previous year in response to a missile attack by the Houthis that was intercepted near Riyadh. Debris from the missiles fell on a home, killing one person.

"Firing ballistic missiles in the direction of populated towns and villages contravenes the International Human Rights Law", Col Al Malki said.

Riyadh has repeatedly accused the Houthis of acting as a proxy force for Shia Iran, Saudi Arabia's arch-foe in the region.

When the Houthis fired missiles at Riyadh last November, the coalition responded by shutting Yemen's airports and ports.

Like this: